Check it in, check it out, check it back in

Well, I know better now than to try to check into a hotel at 1:20 a.m.

When I got to the front desk, the man was expecting me, but it turns out they at first assigned me to a handicap accessible room. I’m all for handicap accessible rooms, but I am not physically handicapped. I once was assigned to such a room on an LSU baseball road trip, and I found there was no way I was going to be able to operate the shower in that position. Fortunately, the hotel in Oxford found me a regular room.

The Courtyard Briarcliff also found me another room, but it had two full beds–the size of my matress in Russell–rather than a king bed. That wasn’t the biggest problem with the room, though. The biger problem was the bathroom, where there was a full tub, rather than only a shower, which is what I prefer and which is what i had in the room I stayed in at this same hotel last week. The good news was I checked out of the room at high noon and will check in again in a few minutes; hopefully, it will be right this time.

Lesson learned. Next time, I’ll make sure I check in first. That way, everything should be right.

I stayed until closing at Buffalo Wild Wings because I promised Shannon and Tori I would. I usually don’t stay until 1 a.m., especially on a Monday, but I figured I had nothing better to do, and besides, Shanon and Tori are awfully nice to me. I will see them again today.

The MLB All-Star Game is tonight in Minneapolis. I wonder how big a crowd will be at Buffalo Wild Wings watching. I know one thing: it’s as gorgeous a day for July 15 as you’ll find in Kansas City. It’s not even 27 degrees Celsius (80 Fahrenheit), and the humidity is much lower than what it usually is this time of year. I would sit on the patio, but in Missouri, you’re still allowed to smoke outside unless local ordinace prohibits it, unlike Kansas, where such patios are smoke-free. I cannot stand smoke. YEEECHH.

The last time the Twins hosted the All-Star Game was 1985, which happened to be the last time the Royals were in the postseason. In fact, the Royals won their one and only World Series that year, defeating the Cardinals in seven games. Of course, St. Louis fans will never recognize this, since they believe umpire Don Denkinger robbed them by blowing a call at first base in the ninth inning of game six. Yes, Denkinger messed up huge. However, the Cardinals still had the lead and needed only three outs, so if they were truly a championship team, they would have buckled down and recorded the outs. Also, championship teams don’t hit .185 in the World Series like St. Louis did that year.

 

About David

I am a sportswriter for a group of weekly newspapers in small towns across northern Kansas. I grew up in New Orleans, went to college at LSU and wandered in the wilderness until Hurricane Katrina finally put me on the path to my current job.

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